We provide sailing activites for all ages. Families, adults, youth - we have opporutinites to learn to sail and advance your sailing education.



We teach people to become active stewards of the marine environment, and to promote community sailing and other environmentally friendly ways to enjoy the waters of Oyster Bay. Junior Summer Programs engage youth through marine science, habitat exploration, fishing, paddling, sailing, sailboat racing, and more!

Annual Benefit


Help us kick-off the 2017 season and celebrate accomplishments from 2016. Live Music Performance by Big Shot, Open Bar, beer provided by Oyster Bay Brewery, Four Food Stations, Silent & live Auctions, Raffle & Chinese Auctions

About the WaterFront Center

Oyster Bay is said to have some of the healthiest waters in the Long Island Sound; they are classified SA - signifying the highest and best water quality. Home of the famous "Pine Island" oysters, farmed since l887 by Frank M. Flower and Sons, our waters produce up to 90 percent of the oysters and up to 40 percent of the hard clams harvested in all of New York State. This area of the waterfront used to be the site of Jakobson’s Shipyard, which during World War II employed over 600 workers, building minesweepers, tugboats and mini-submarines for the U.S. Navy. The Jakobson Shipyard in Oyster Bay was once at the center of Long Island's shipbuilding industry. At its height of production, it was the largest builder of tugboats east of the Mississippi. Eventually, changes in the industry left the future of this valuable waterfront site in question. Concerned citizens of Oyster Bay, who feared that the site could wind up in the hands of developers, stepped in to ensure the site remained a center for the community to explore its rich maritime heritage and connection to the bay. So in 1996, the site was purchased by the State of New York and the Town of Oyster Bay, and in 2000 the WaterFront Center was born to transform the site into a hands-on educational and recreational facility. Today this is the home of the WaterFront Center, an environmental education and recreation not-for-profit community center. It is also the home of Christeen, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest surviving Oyster Sloop in North America.
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News & Updates

  • April 30th, 2017
    NCCC Sailing Program by Heather Grosso
    Spring is here and sailing is underway! As many of us eagerly anticipated the Spring sailing season, there is a specific group of young adults who could not wait to get out on the water. The WaterFront Center makes sailing accessible to countless groups of people, including college students. ...
  • April 30th, 2017
    Harnessing the Wind by Michelle Slater
    It’s more than just the wind… St. Dominic’s students are investigating the wind farm that has been proposed off Long Island, roughly 11 nautical miles south of Long Beach. (That is roughly 12.7 standard miles from the coast.) In class, students are learning about the multifaceted components of what ...
  • April 30th, 2017
    Mornings with a Side of Science by Aaron Cuison
    Spring Break is typically regarded as a time to take a break from school. To put a pause on your education and enjoy the changing of the seasons. However, learning never stops; so why not enjoy the view and get your hands dirty while you are ...
  • April 30th, 2017
    WFC Hosts Team Race Championships by Alicia Martorella
    While we’re always bustling with marine education, paddling & cruising around West Harbor, the WaterFront Center hosts several events and regattas throughout the season, as well. The WFC organizes between six and ten regattas for youth and adult novice and championship racers between March and October. Kicking ...
  • April 30th, 2017
    Wildlife Spotlight: Ospreys by Cameron Jenness
    If you live on Long Island and are close to the water, look up in the sky you might see an Osprey, Pandion haliaetus. Ospreys are the largest raptor on Long Island next to the Bald Eagle. Ospreys usually build their nests close to water because their main source ...

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